The terrifying news of an alleged hate crime at Jewish
community center in Kansas City has local Jewish leaders in Greater Cincinnati
on high alert.
"Anytime such a tragedy strikes, it's really
horrific," said Sarah Weiss, who works with the Jewish Community Relations
Council of Greater Cincinnati at their offices in Amberly Village. "We're
very much in touch with the FBI and local law enforcement, and we are very
thankful that we have relationships throughout the community and we are doing
everything that we can to make sure that our community is safe."
Authorities call the shooting in Kansas a case of a
"lone wolf" but even so local Jewish community leaders say it drives
home a point.
They say the struggle for freedom and the fight against hate is
not over. They also say this truth is only highlighted by the start of
"To go after innocent people any day, but especially on
a day that is a tribute to freedom, one wonders what could posses a human being
to behave like that. You have to believe that a person has lost all
sensibIlity," said Gary Zola, a professor at Hebrew Union College.
"As we go into our Passover seders this evening we will
certainly be thinking of Kansas city and the victims there," she